Food for The Liver: Good Food to Cleanse Your Liver Naturally

Liver is the largest organ in our body. It has a wide variety of functions, therefore it is referred to as chemical factory of our body. It is very important to keep the Liver in great shape by eating the right kind of food that nourishes the liver and acts as natural liver cleanse and  to keep it detoxified and fit all all times. Each functional unit of liver (hepatic lobule) is capable of carrying out all functions of entire liver. Good food habits can keep your liver healthy and clean.

Functions of the Liver

  • Liver plays a major role for maintaining a normal blood glucose concentration. It helps in the process called as Gluconeogenesis (synthesis of new glucose) and also on storage of glycogen, so that during fasting, our body derives glucose from stored glycogen in liver which helps maintain a proper blood sugar levels.
  • It helps in formation of lipoproteins. These lipoproteins (LDL) which transport regular cholesterol to muscles and other tissues to provide energy, while lipoprotein (HDL) brings unused cholesterol from tissues and muscles and deposit it back to liver which in turn help maintaining healthy cholesterol levels in our body.
    Also helps in synthesis of cholesterol.
  • The dietary protein enters liver as amino acids and is taken up by liver for production of plasma protein and formation of urea. This along with glycogen helps for gluconeogenesis especially during fasting.
  • Liver also helps in storage of vitamins specially A, D and B12.
  • It also helps in storage of iron in the form of Ferritin.
  • Liver helps in the formation of coagulation factors, during tissue bleed these factors help in stoppage of bleeding.
  • Liver plays an important role in excretion of drugs and other substances, also helps in metabolizing 90% of ingested alcohol.

Liver structure and function alters gradually with age. There is reduction in number of hepatocytes. The reserve becomes less and this may be an important cause of increased mortality of liver disease in elderly.

Good Foods for The Liver

  1. To have a healthy liver you have to have a healthy life style, moderate exercises, nourishing diet, avoiding food in unhygienic conditions to avoid illness like viral hepatitis or jaundice.
  2. Alcohol is injurious to liver and is responsible for a condition called fatty liver in young adults so complete avoidance of alcohol is mandatory for a healthy liver.
  3. As liver helps in excretion of drugs, long term intake of medicines like pain killers can be injurious to liver and so over the counter medicines without prescription from doctors should be avoided.

Home Remedies for a healthy liver, Natural Liver Cleansing

  1. Mix 20ml of juice extract of fresh margosa leaves and 20ml of pure honey.  To this mixture add 3gms of black pepper powder and stir well. Take in equal doses in the mornings and evenings.
  2. Mix 2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice and 1 teaspoon crushed onion juice and take this mixture on empty stomach in the morning at least for three months.
  3. Sugarcane juice should be taken for nutrition of liver and general health. Barley water should be taken by diabetic patients.
  4. Add 10gms of pure turmeric powder to 50gms of yogurt and mix well and divide into equal parts. Drink one part in the morning and another in the evening.

Remember, eating the right amount of good food regularly will keep your liver in a healthy condition.

6 Comments

  1. V said:

    My son is 1 year old. I could not breast feed him and his motion is white in color for the past 7 months. He is diagnosed negative for Jaundice. He was on packet milk after his birth. We took him to a naturopath doctor. He explained us that his liver is slightly enlarged. What can i do to help my son.

    February 7, 2009
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  2. sambo said:

    I just hit my 40 years with two boys and adopted son. I am equally thinking of adopting a baby girl but you know what? I have a liver problem and I don’t know how bad it is but I am scared to death. i was browsing yesterday and saw a site about liver solution, can a naturopath doctor cure liver? I don’t want to have a conflicting signals here couple with our health facility.

    September 25, 2009
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  3. nitin kumar said:

    I am 20 year old boy. I was going to a gymnasium in 2008 and taking a supplement named ENDURA. In the beginning every thing was all right, my muscles were growing and I felt very energetic. Then, after taking a break from gym i realized that I am not able to digest my food properly. And then i started facing skin problem. Is my liver damaged?

    October 25, 2009
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    • Sam said:

      @Nitin: I am not sure your liver is damaged. You will need to consult your physician and go though the appropriate tests and diagnostics. I am personally against all supplements and artificial means to improve any bodily function or increase energy. The reason being, once you stop these supplements or boosters your body will crave for these and you will then have side effects. Also, when you are on artificial supplements, you body will stop producing the nutrients that it produces naturally – because you are supplying it from outside. In your case, that appears to be the reason. The best option for you is to get yourself checked thoroughly – what nutrients do you lack, what natural food boosters would help you get back in shape, how much exercise is optimal for you (overdoing has its own perils), how much should you sleep, what are the ways in which you can relax.

      As for the Liver tests, you can check for liver damage with a simple blood test to determine the presence of certain liver enzymes in the blood. They include aspartate aminotransferase (AST or SGOT) and alanine aminotransferase (ALT or SGPT).

      I hope this was helpful.

      October 25, 2009
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  4. Mr_B said:

    My girl friend is sick with hepatitis B, a disease which affects the liver as we all know. I just would like to seek for any advice from you regarding any treatment or food regimen that could really help her. I’ve been researching to find any possible treatment for her condition. I’m hoping that she would be cured from it.

    March 29, 2010
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    • PUP said:

      Hepatitis B is an infectious disease, caused by hepatitis B virus; it infects the liver, causing the inflammation of liver cells.
      An acute infection causes jaundice, vomiting, and rarely death. Chronic infection leads to cirrhosis of liver, or cancer of liver.
      Hepatitis B is preventable by vaccination.
      Hepatitis B usually does not require any specific treatment, as most of the people clear the infection, without any medication. But in chronic hepatitis B certain antiviral drugs or interferon is required to reduce the viral replication and the viral load.
      It is spread by blood transfusion, unprotected sexual contact, and infected needles and through the new born infant from his mother suffering hepatitis B.
      Juice of Bitter Luffa is regarded as an effective remedy for jaundice. Radish leaves, and tomatoes are also useful in curing jaundice. Sugarcane juice and barley water is also useful.
      Above all physical rest is of utmost important in treating acute hepatitis.

      April 3, 2010
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